Story: Bird migration

South Island pied oystercatcher and godwits

South Island pied oystercatcher and godwits

Most South Island pied oystercatchers (seen at front) breed in the South Island, then fly to feeding sites, particularly Kaipara Harbour, Manukau Harbour and the Firth of Thames. They use similar sites to godwits (back), which depart north towards the Arctic to breed around the time the oystercatchers arrive from the south.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - Migration within New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7231/south-island-pied-oystercatcher-and-godwits (accessed 12 November 2019)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015